Rome dispatch: Pope Francis hosted a religious get-together Wednesday that included leaders from the Jewish and Muslim communities.
Rome, which was hit especially hard in the global recession, hopes a new pope will bring some new business to the hurting city.
A Chicago lawyer says he bought the domain name popefrancis.com as a lark in 2010 and plans to give it to the Roman Catholic Church for free now that the new pope has chosen the name Francis.
NCR Today: In a 2012 interview, then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio said he supports celibacy for clergy "for the moment."
Pope Francis is on record as supporting zero tolerance for the sexual abuse of minors by priests. In a 2012 interview, then-Cardinal Bergoglio said that a bishop called him for advice on how to deal with it, and "I told him to take away the priests' licenses, not to allow them to exercise the priesthood any more, and to begin a canonical trial in that diocese’s court."
When DignityUSA posted Jan Phillips' essay, "If I Were Pope," early last week in its March news bulletin, I chuckled and shouted, "Yes!" Since Pope Benedict XVI retired last month, there has been no shortage of papal job descriptions appearing in newspapers and on the Internet. Progressive Catholics, environmentalists, social activists and ordinary people on the streets have poured forth their hopes, dreams and expectations for his successor with deeply felt passion.
Pope Francis today made a phone call to his predecessor, Benedict XVI, after his inaugural Mass to wish him well on his saint's name day -- the feast of St. Joseph.
The given name of Pope Benedict XVI, of course, is Joseph Ratzinger. (In addition, Ratzinger's parents were named Joseph and Mary.)
A brief Vatican statement on the phone call appears below.
Argentines rose early Tuesday to watch their hometown resident elevated to the head of the world's Catholic church.
John Allen in Rome: Pope Francis has spoken extensively on being a church for the poor, but now that the papacy has really begun, how can he make that happen?
As part of his inauguration to his papal ministry Tuesday, Pope Francis received a special signet ring, the seal of which is used to signify approval of special Vatican documents.
All popes wear a special ring, named the fisherman's ring after Peter's initial job as a fisherman.
Initial reports on Francis' ring, a gold-plate silver band with a small face carrying a relief image of a bearded St. Peter holding the symbolic keys to heaven, were a bit confused.